Next-generation supertall tower form determinants: A study of the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre

Brian Lee
Design Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago

This presentation put forth the elements of an integrated design approach to mixed-use supertall towers that is based on rationally creative strategies that encourage efficiency, functionality, and beauty. SOM’s Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre embodies these strategies, and elegantly achieves design and engineering excellence within the context of a mixed-use, multi-modal neighborhood and district. With a stepped core-in-core concept, aerodynamic shaped form, curving sloped column system, and an innovative and cost-efficient envelope, the Tianjin tower is a unique landmark structure derived from a considered, economical approach to high-density, mixed-use living.

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